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Dr. Laura Whiteley MD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. She is the recipient of competitive grant awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Rhode Island Foundation for her work with adolescents and young adults. She is the Associate Director of the General Psychiatry Training Program at Brown and teaches Advanced Psychopharmacology: Treatment Algorithms and Measured Based Care in Depression. Dr. Whiteley is on the Admissions Committee and chairs the Clinical Competency Committee for the Brown University Psychiatry Residency. She supervises psychiatry trainees at Johnson and Wales University Counseling Center and Rhode Island School of Design Counseling Center. Her teaching, clinical care, and mentorship have been recognized by awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Brown Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.


Laura obtained her undergraduate degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University. After her residency training, she completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) T32 research fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital. 


  • Associate Residency Director, Brown General Psychiatry Residency Program

  • Director and Founder, Young Adult Behavioral Health Program at Rhode Island Hospital

  • Director and Founder, College Mental Health Program, Rhode Island Hospital

  • T32 NIMH Research Fellowship, Rhode Island Hospital

  • Brown University Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Bradley Hospital

  • Brown University General Psychiatry Residency, Butler Hospital

  • Temple University School of Medicine, MD

  • University of Pennsylvania, BA

Laura Whiteley MD


Virginia Curtis PMHNP-BC is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner, with a Masters in Nursing (MSN) from Boston College and bachelor's in psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Virginia worked with Dr. Laura Whiteley as a Research Interventionist and Administrator in the Young Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Program at Rhode Island Hospital and in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown. In these roles, she was trained in delivering evidence based behavioral interventions through projects funded by the NIMH.


Virginia has extensive experience treating adults, children and adolescents with psychiatric symptoms. Before joining Dr. Whiteley's practice as a partner, she worked as an outpatient clinician at Thundermist Health Center and as a clinical provider at Westerly hospital on the inpatient unit.

Virginia's specialties include treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety Disorders (including Panic Disorder and OCD), and Depression. In addition, Virginia has extensive ​​experience treating college and graduate students.


  • Master's in Nursing (MSN) from Boston College

  • Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island

  • Research Administrator and Interventionist in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University

  • Research Administrator and Interventionist in Young Adult Behavioral Health Program, Rhode Island Hospital

  • Psychiatric Provider, Outpatient Services at Thundermist Health Center 

  • Psychiatric Provider, Inpatient Unit at Westerly Hospital

  • Post-graduate Fellowship Training in Psychopharmacology and Therapeutic Interventions with Special Emphasis on Adolescent and Young Adult Populations

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